Ruth Esteves, a soapmaker, blogger and teacher, wrote a wonderful piece on her blog about lye in soap. She graciously gave permission for me to share it here.
“Soapmakers often get asked about the use of lye in their soap. The fact is that lye is indeed used to make soap. While in many minds, “lye soap” brings up images of grandmas and washboards and red, red hands, anyone who has used handmade soap knows that it is quite mild and moisturizing. Sound like a contradiction? Well, the truth is that the lye was there, but now it’s gone. Is it magic? Sort of. It’s chemistry!”
To learn more, check out Ruth’s blog.